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Author: Leslie Carlyle
ISBN: 1873132166
Archetype, 2001
Size: 216 x 300 mm (8.25 x 11.8 in.); Hardback, 608 pp., 80 line, 20 halftone Illus.

Subtitled: Oil Painting Instruction Manuals and Handbooks in Britain 1800-1900 with Reference to Selected Eighteenth-Century Sources

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, although artists' colourmen sold oil paint ready-prepared in bladders, artists were still accustomed to purchasing pigments, oils, and other components for their paint separately, combining them according to published information, experiment, personal preference or hearsay. By the close of the century, however, artists' colourmen were providing tube paints for export worldwide and artists, now dependent on the colourmen, were calling for product labeling, to enable professional and amateur painters alike to have full knowledge about what they were using. The science of artists' paint production had undergone a transformation.

In her meticulously researched study, Dr. Leslie Carlyle has examined artists' manuals, catalogues and trade journals produced in Britain, and later in the United States, during this period of transition in the artists' materials and techniques. She has compared all the extant editions of widely reprinted books and sought out publications which, although obscure now, were highly influential in their time. Recipes for varnishes, vehicles, paint mediums and grounds have been compared and tabulated. Methods of painting have been described, and the "artistical" properties of pigments, their working qualities, drying times and cautionary notes on their use, have all been compiled in an extensive appendix.

Fascinating, accessible and carefully structured, The Artists' Assistant is the first comprehensive and critical analysis of information on nineteenth-century artists' materials. It is an invaluable resource not only for conservators and historians of art technology, but also for artists, researchers and teachers who wish to work with authentic materials.

Table of Contents:
Part I: Materials: Oils and Driers
Part II: Materials: Resins and Varnishes
Part III: Materials: Mediums and Oil Paints
Part IV: Materials: Grounds and Supports
Part V: Painting Methods: Systems and Application
Part VI: The Durability of 19th Century Paintings Materials

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